Sisi to Hamas: 'I hope you die'
One of the reasons that there is very little international pressure on Israel to ease up on Hamas right now is that Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh al-Sisi is ignoring pressure from 'moderate
Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen
to step in and save Hamas
by bringing about a cease fire.
Palestinian Authority [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas telephoned Sisi
and urged him to intervene to achieve an "immediate ceasefire" between
Israel and Hamas. Abbas later admitted that his appeal to Sisi and
(other Arab leaders) had fallen on deaf ears.
Sisi's decision not to intervene in the current crisis did not come
as a surprise. In fact, Sisi and many Egyptians seem to be delighted
that Hamas is being badly hurt.
Some Egyptians are even openly expressing hope that Israel will
completely destroy Hamas, which they regard as the "armed branch of the
Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization."
Sisi's Egypt has not forgiven Hamas for its alliance with Muslim
Brotherhood and its involvement in terrorist attacks against Egyptian
civilians and soldiers over the past year.
The Egyptians today understand that Hamas and other radical Islamist
groups pose a serious threat to their national security. That is why the
Egyptian authorities have, over the past year, been taking tough
security measures not only against Hamas, but also the entire population
of the Gaza Strip.
These measures include the destruction of dozens of smuggling tunnels
along the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt and the designation
of Hamas as a terrorist organization.
True, there are still many Egyptians and Arabs who sympathize with
Hamas, mainly because it is being targeted by Israel. But over the past
week, there are also different voices coming out of Egypt and some other
Arab countries -- voices that publicly support the Israeli military
operation against the Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip.
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Labels: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Operation Protective Edge